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Gerald Slater

Gerald Slater (2020), Walter Cronkite’s colleague and PBS cofounder

by Kirk Fox

Gerald Slater was one of the founding employees of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), who was instrumental in PBS becoming an important voice in news coverage.   

  • Died: Friday, April 24, 2020 (Who else died on April 24?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 86 of COVID-19 complications and was being treated for multiple myeloma.
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Slater was a founding employee of PBS whose idea to provide television coverage of the Watergate hearings propelled the broadcast company beyond educational programs into becoming an important voice in news coverage. Prior to PBS, he was head of production for CBS News and friends with legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite. After PBS, he worked at WETA in Washington D.C.  

What they said about him

Full Obituary: Washington Post


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